Touch Rugby Finals
The CBRE Juniors summer finals were held at the newly opened Eagles’ Nest situated in Silangan, off the South Luzon Expressway in Laguna. The new field was in excellent condition to host the CBRE Juniors’ finals and up to 220 young Rugby and Touch Rugby players travelled down to do battle. The teams came from various schools, clubs and foundations which are all part of the PRFU Juniors Development Program.
In sunny, hot conditions the Finals saw the u10, 12, 14 and 16 teams compete in the Touch Rugby competition from 8.30am – 11am while the u12, 14 and 16 year olds played three finals of tackle Rugby Union on the Eagles’ full sized pitch.
In the u10 Touch competition, the new team from Bulacan defeated the British School team. Bulacan showed that local club teams have the capacity to play touch rugby and this was a great win for them, as they have only been playing and learning rugby for the last three months.
The newly formed Clark Rugby Club (CRC) won the u12s touch rugby championships beating the Tuloy Foundation in a close game by 3-2. It was exciting to watch the flair and enthusiasm displayed by both the PRFU Foundation teams. A number of these young players displayed skills that could see them represent the Philippines in future underage National teams.
The European International School (EIS) won the u14 age category final and it is great to see new schools and teams entering the CBRE Tournament. This age category had the most teams with Tuloy, Eagles, Hapons, BSM and new club Child Hope all entering teams. The EIS Coach and ex National men’s team Captain Romain Barberis was extremely excited to see the next generation of u14 players competing in this competition.
Finally the Tuloy Foundation defeated CRC by 3 – 1 in the u16s touch rugby final. This was one of the best games of the day with a number of players vying for positions in the National u16 Rugby Team later this year.
CBRE Junior Rugby Union Finals
After the 27 touch rugby games the u12, u14 and u16 players regrouped to play three Rugby Union finals. The u12s game saw the Makati Mavericks take on the European International School in a match that the Mavericks won 20 – 5. The game was played in good spirits and some of the younger players from the Clark Rugby Club also helped out to make up the numbers in this final.
The next final was between EIS and BSM. Traditional enemies France v England in the 6 Nations saw a much closer game as both teams were playing for pride of their homelands. The French School ran out eventual winners by 12 – 5 in what was the closest game of the day. All the players in this age group will be considered for the National u14s team tour to Hong Kong later this year.
The last juniors’ final was the u16s game where a number of last year’s National u14 and u16 players took to the field in the hope of winning the game and ultimately selection in this year’s National u16s team. It was the Makati Mavericks who put in a dominant display over the Clark Rugby Clark winning the game by 38 – 14.
The PRFU wish to thank CBRE Philippines for its continued sponsorship of the Juniors Tournament as well as all the players, parents, schools, clubs and volunteers who made this series a success.
(photos courtesy of CBRE Philippines)
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